The Island Project Farming & Education Centre is a “not for profit” company, providing Alternative Education in Derby and Nottingham
The Island Project provides bespoke pastoral support and alternative education for ages 8-18 including NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) and SEMH (Social, Emotional Mental Health). The Project is based on a 3-acre farm located in Draycott, Derby (DE72 3PD). The farm is located in Draycott, Derby, meaning the project can serve placements for Derby City, Derbyshire and Nottingham as well as the wider East Midlands catchment area.
The project is educationally and socially inclusive, based on a unique 3-acre therapeutic farming site housing donkeys, llamas, goats, sheep, pigs, ducks, rabbits, cats, ferrets as well as chickens.
Converted stables and portacabins make up our different learning zones. 2 converted containers are used as a woodwork workshop, a courtyard for sports as well as a large café. This environment at The Island Project has been designed so that the learners can relax in calm and less ridged learning space.
Most learners are at serious risk of underachievement and for most, conventional mainstream education has failed to engage them. Many students who are unable to cope with a classroom environment find that they thrive in more therapeutic surrounding utilising animal-assisted projects and outside of the classroom-based sessions.
“Our son was a withdrawn teenager, rejected and struggling in many ways in a very difficult phase of life. The love and the acceptance he’s received from staff at the Island and the therapeutic influence of the animals have made such a difference to him in himself and in terms of behaviour and outlook. He has loved it and will miss it hugely. We are very grateful for the Island.”
– Neil (Parent)
The Island Project Farming & Education Centre
Land Opposite Park View
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Manager on Duty: 07495353937